Ira Forman, Jewish Democratic Leader, Named to Top Post on Anti-Semitism

Obama Liaison Will Replace Hannah Rosenthal

By JTA

Published May 20, 2013.
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Ira Forman, who led President Obama’s reelection campaign in the Jewish community, was appointed as the State Department’s envoy to combat anti-Semitism.

The State Department announced the appointment on Monday — the same day it released its 2012 report on religious freedom that recorded a “continued global increase in anti-Semitism.”

Secretary of State John Kerry tapped Forman to replace Hannah Rosenthal, who left last year to direct the Milwaukee Jewish federation. Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, had appointed Rosenthal.

The envoy travels the world to press governments to address institutional and popular manifestations of anti-Semitism.

Forman, a longtime director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, led the Obama campaign’s effort last year to push back against Republican and conservative depictions of Obama as hostile or indifferent to Israel. He was especially active in Florida.


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